Kg Sungai Bunga MPK to host Korean, ASEAN delegates
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
KAMPUNG Sungai Bunga Village Consultative Council (MPK) will be hosting this year’s homestay for representatives from 10 ASEAN member states and Korean students under the ASEAN Homestay programme said the secretary of the council recently.
The programme is among the initiatives under the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) – an intergovernmental organisation looking to build a “genuine” partnership between Korea and ASEAN.
In an interview, Zaini Hj Salleh, secretary of Kg Sungai Bunga MPK, said that the delegates will arrive in June along with around 12 Korean High School students who are studying tourism.
“Prior to their arrival in June, AKC will first send two to three people to confirm the feasibility of our homestay sometime in May,” he said.
“We are grateful that the Tourism Department had appointed us to host the homestay for the delegates. We hope to do a good job in providing an insight into the cultural heritage of Kg Ayer,” he added.
He went on to say that during their stay, the Kg Sungai Bunga MPK will launch two new activities as a part of the package provided by the council.
“One of the activities included is a river cruise where we will take the guests along the Brunei River to and from the market place (Tamu Kianggeh) where they will be given the opportunity to buy raw ingredients (seafood) to bring back to the homestay and cook Bruneian dishes,” he said.
The other new activity which will be rolled out will be regatta where the residents – if they wish to participate – will have the chance to experience one of Brunei’s main sporting activities.
According the ASEAN-Korea Centre’s website, the previous homestay under the ASEAN Homestay Programme was hosted by Malaysia.
The website stated that the programme aims introduce rural culture and tourism of ASEAN to Korean students and to provide a stage for the students to experience sustainable rural-based tourism products in ASEAN which contribute towards the ASEAN community building process.
The website also added that the programme aims to to provide the opportunity for the students to develop and present new, creative and implementable ideas of sustainable rural-based tourism development of ASEAN by sharing the lifestyle of the local community throughout the homestay.
The Brunei Times